I must applaud the opening of Central Festival as it has now made Central
Airport Plaza far more accessible! I used to shudder at having to go there,
it was pretty much the only game in town and the parking was always
difficult and if on a weekend almost impossible. Even on my scooter it was
difficult to find parking. Then they added that giant home store Baan and
Beyond and the office supply store and cut even more into the parking spaces
out back. I thought it a strange move considering the difficulty in finding
However, the popularity of Central Festival has made Central Airport much
more accessible, easier and more pleasant to use. I even visited the Baan
and Beyond store and found it quite nice with many good home decorations. I
thought it would have more furniture but it seemed to be mainly décor,
plumbing and beds.
Anyway, I really like Central Festival but find it too big. I am not so
young any more these days and Central Festival can be quite a hike. The
elevators are not conveniently placed either. The elevators are not that
convenient in Central Airport either but it is also smaller and much easier
to navigate in a lot of ways.
So, I go to Central Festival if I want a cookie, I love Mrs. Fields cookies,
but mainly use Central Airport for my shopping. I can park, it isn’t filled
with crowds of people like before but it is still busy enough for the
vendors I think.
I realize many people are unhappy with the proliferation of shopping malls
in Chiang Mai but to me to finally have some selection has certainly made
living and shopping here easier.
Central Airport fan
Flashing lights on Mahidol Road
I was driving down Mahidol Road this evening headed towards the Hang Dong road
turn off when I saw what I thought was perhaps a police car or ambulance so I
moved over to the right hand lane to get out of the way.
I was quite surprised and rather dismayed to see that the flashing red lights
were an advertisement for some roadside shop! Surely if not illegal it should
be. It is quite distracting and very misleading for drivers along that very busy
stretch of highway at night.
I would suggest to the police and the authorities that such misleading lights be
banned and removed. It is difficult enough driving in Thailand without such
flashing lights fooling drivers into thinking there is an emergency up ahead.
Why no headlights at dusk?
I have noticed that as the days got a little shorter I saw more and more people
driving around with their headlights off at dusk. Even into nighttime, with the
streets nearly dark, many people did not bother to have their headlights on.
Perhaps they think it doesn’t matter if there is still some light out? I do not
know. A friend suggested that perhaps they forgot but it is far too many people
to be the random person that forgets. Another friend suggested that maybe people
think they save gas by not turning on their headlights but since these are the
same people who always have the aircon on in the car I don’t see how that reason
The fact is that dusk is the most dangerous time of day as the light fades and
things are less easy to see. The eyes haven’t fully adjusted and it is precisely
that moment you need to turn your headlights on.
I see many motorcycles do have their headlights on, I am not sure if this is
automatic or just good common sense on the part of drivers who realize that they
are already rather hard to see. But it would be a good idea if more automobile
drivers turned their lights on as the sun starts to go down, it is safer for
everyone on the road, including themselves.
When will marriage equality be recognized in Thailand?
I am a gay man legally married to my partner in my home country. My partner is
Thai and yet I am not allowed to apply for a marriage visa. My legally valid
marriage is not recognised in Thailand at all.
This does not seem right to me. Marriages in Thailand are legally recognised in
my country, where is the reciprocity? Perhaps my country should not allow people
married in Thailand to obtain marriage visas either. It seems to me that the
growing trend of legal same sex marriages will only continue and its time
Thailand caught up!
Thailand, consider recognising same sex marriage laws and respecting that
country’s laws as well as requiring others to respect yours.
Gay and married but not married
Burning in the mountains
It was with great surprise that I read in your newspaper that the Army plans on
fighting fires in the North since in drives out of the city I regularly see
plumes of smoke coming from various areas and no indication that anyone plans on
putting them out.
I have to ask, does anyone actually patrol? Is there anyone who is checking
these things in the province or do they just wait until someone calls it in to
report? If so I can’t believe they get much information since the people burning
certainly won’t turn themselves in!
So, if the government is really serious about cracking down on burning maybe
they could get the Air Force to use a few of those helicopters to patrol now and
then and radio to someone on the ground to go put the fire out and arrest the
person doing the burning!
These are usually not small fires and are easily seen from the roads. I can only
think that like many things the government pays lip service to getting something
done but doesn’t actually do it because it might offend a few people.
Moving out in March